March 5, 2012

Family Circle Chicken and Rice Casserole

Recently, I haven't been as active as I used to be and I'm sorry. Between being sick for over two months and my two boys being so full of energy my blog seems to be the thing that has been put on the back burner. This weekend I decided to do spring cleaning on my house and what I thought would take at the most 5 hours turned into 3 trips to the store and an entire weekends worth of work. By the time Sunday rolled around I realized I had forgotten about my blog all weekend, oops! So I figured I better get back to cooking and reviewing and what better way to do it, then with a recipe using my family's favorite meat, chicken. The December issue of Family Circle magazine had a recipe for Chicken and Basmati Rice Casserole, that promised to only use one pot and have 32 grams of protein.

This recipe has 14 ingredients. It takes 20 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of baking time and makes 6 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and I made no ingredient modifications. I recently bought a new dutch oven and I am so happy that I did, it makes cooking so easy and flavorful. Plus it's great when everything is done in one pot since we don't have a dish washer anything that saves me from doing more dishes is great. I actually decided to use regular long grain rice instead of basmati rice. My local grocery store only has one brand of basmati rice and the taste is less than stellar, so I decided to use regular long grain rice instead. Finally, make sure to cut off any of the large fat deposits on the chicken thighs or the casserole will taste too rich.

Any recipe that only uses one dish always gets my attention. I love to cook, but with two kids I am always short on time during dinner prep and anything that can save me time and effort I grab onto. This recipe makes six very large servings and was more than enough for a dinner for my family of four and leftovers for lunches the next day. The rice is flavorful, but not spicy and was very family friendly. Overall, an easy one pot meal.

For the recipe go to Chicken and Rice Casserole.
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